The Concordia Visual Arts program includes production, criticism, history, and aesthetics, with particular emphasis on fostering originality and critical thinking. Students learn increased observation skills, appreciate different art styles, and techniques, understand our art heritage, explore various styles of drawing, painting, sculpture, and architecture from periods and places being studied. Employment of The Elements of Art and Principles of Design is expanded at each grade level. The Visual Arts program is aligned with State of Illinois Learning Standards.
Mrs. Mary George teaches students in grades 3-8 in Studio 21. Students in Kindergarten through grade 2 learn art in their individual classrooms under the guidance of their own teachers. Mrs. George is an award winning artist with a B.A. in Art from Knox College and graduate work in education from Bradley University and Illinois State University. She is retired from teaching art in the public school system, and came to CLS in 2014. As a lifelong Lutheran, she feels blessed to proclaim the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the classroom! She and her husband, Ron are members of Redeemer.
CLS visual arts program includes production, criticism, history, and aesthetics, with particular emphasis on fostering originality and critical thinking. Students develop increased observation skills, appreciate different art styles and techniques, understand our art heritage, and explore various styles of drawing, painting, sculpture, and architecture from periods and places being studied. Employment of The Elements of Art and Principles of Design is expanded at each grade level. With the addition of a kiln in the spring of 2016, students now have the opportunity to work in ceramics.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
Passion, desire, and a lot of practice are the elements that go into the making of “an artist”. A child’s joy in creating must be nurtured, so it is not squelched. The confidence to take a risk is crucial to innovative thinking. Children with active and creative minds, and a sense of understanding and compassion for others, have the courage to act on their Christian beliefs. Visual art is the capacity to express. It is powerful non-verbal communication. My perfect world is a place where each individual maximizes his or her gifts to the glory of God.
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso
As a servant of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, my goal is to give glory to God. Through developing each student’s critical and creative thinking, I strive to show the hand of God in all creation. Students will receive comprehensive, balanced, sequential learning in visual arts. My mission is to nurture faith in Jesus and to educate, motivate, and inspire innovative problem solving through meaningful activities that incorporate state standards.
In my classroom I encourage feelings of self-worth and self-confidence in a safe, hazard free learning environment.
WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
In the third grade, my teacher embarrassed me in front of the class for having drawn blue tulips. She tore up my picture because, “there are no such things as blue tulips”. Later teachers encouraged my creativity. I want to be part of the positive impact teachers have.
All my life I have owned, shown, and bred dogs. From rescue to world ranked champions, they are my fur children. Of course, I enjoy all forms of art and design. A recent trip to Europe with my son, Matthew, has sparked an interest in travel. I am working on my black belt in karate.